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Spring Cleaning: Decluttering the Hoard

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 25, 2021

It is difficult for me to focus on a drawing project if my desk is in disarray or there is a pile of unsorted objects around me.

I purchase items in multiples. If I see a good ink pen at the office supply store, I pick up multiple four-packs of the same pen because I know what it feels like to run out of ink in the middle of lining a pencil sketch drawing. Why buy one pen when eight pens are more abundant? It is an inconvenience I prefer to control. Purchasing items in multiples also applies to packs of drawing paper, pencils, lead refills, and the list goes on.

It feels like the first time in a long time that I am finally getting a chance to dive into my storage of accumulated items and put them to good use. (Hooray for stock-piling)

Sometimes, a general nonchalance in my room upkeep can often hinder the amount of work I am able to produce in a given time. I have no idea why that is besides the fact that I am easily distracted when I see things that need to be organized and I will put a project on hold until the area is immaculate. I usually have a good habit of deep cleaning all the dust bunnies around the desk before I sit down for hours of focused work.

Are there any other creative types that have any set routines before working on a project? Or is there anyone who needs the disarray and disorder in order to function?

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PaulEberhardt at 9:28AM, Jan. 26, 2021

Never throw anything away that works - that's my motto, and to be on the safe side I never throw away anything that doesn't work either. ;) My workspaces tend to look accordingly. I even built myself a desk with an anti-rolling edge once, so not too many things would fall down whenever I give them a shove to make some room. Also, I've got the very same strange habit of always buying pens and other stuff twice just to avoid interruptions if one of them suddenly runs dry (as if that happened all the time!). I tried to work with a relatively clean desk once, but it made me feel rather uncomfortable. It simply lacked a certain something - let's call it the "shadows of past deeds". Moreover, I suddenly had to spend ages looking for things I could normally just pick from the clutter blindly. Very distracting! I need a controlled chaos to get stuff done. It has to be my own chaos, though, anyone else's wouldn't do.

kawaiidaigakusei at 1:31PM, Jan. 25, 2021

So true, usually after every need is met, the most comfortable option is to plop down on the couch and watch a lot of TV.

Banes at 12:39PM, Jan. 25, 2021

Personally I don't need much as far as the space being a certain way - the struggle is to actually sit down and start, whether it's writing or drawing. There's so much online stuff to distract a person; if I can force myself to focus and start working, the momentum can build. I mean, getting enough sleep and a little distraction is important, and then it's all about forcing myself to START.

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